Before Midnight script
Synopsis: Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). It was directed by Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Co-written by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, the film picks up the story nine years after the events of Before Sunset; Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy) spend a summer vacation together in Greece.

FADE IN:

INT. AIRPORT - AFTERNOON

Jesse and 14-year-old Hank are walking through an airport in

Greece.

JESSE:

So you got everything?

HANK:

Mmm-hmmh.

JESSE:

You going to play video games the

whole flight, or do you think you

might actually crack a book?

HANK:

Probably read some.

JESSE:

If I write you an email, don't be

scared to write me back, okay? It

won't kill you to let your old man

know what you're thinking about and

what's going on, you know?

HANK:

Yeah.

JESSE:

If we want, we could try Skyping

once a week or something.

HANK:

All right...

JESSE:

You got the drawings for your science

deal?

HANK:

Yeah, think so.

JESSE:

Alright, well they turned out great

by the way. Like, really great.

HANK:

Thanks.

They've arrived at the concession stand. Hank grabs a couple

of snacks.

2.

JESSE:

Is your computer charged?

HANK:

Yeah.

JESSE:

What do you think's the first thing

you're gonna do when you get home?

HANK:

I dunno.

JESSE:

I really cherish this communication

we have. You know, it's just - your

answers are so...

HANK:

(interrupting)

What?

Jesse is paying.

JESSE:

Just keep practicing the piano, okay?

You're really good and they spend so

much time at that school of yours...

just remember that music is actually

something you will use in your life.

Right, and don't forget to - you

want those sesame things, right?

They're really good.

HANK:

Yeah.

JESSE:

Right.

(to cashier)

Yassou. Here you go. Thank you.

Okay.

He gets the change and they head to the gate.

JESSE (CONT'D)

I'll probably make it over there in

October, you know? Try to see you

in that first recital and then

hopefully catch a soccer game while

I'm there.

(to cashier)

Efharisto.

3.

HANK:

I might not even play soccer this

year.

JESSE:

Oh, that'd be a big mistake.

me.

Trust

HANK:

I'm not that good.

JESSE:

Oh, no, you're pretty good.

are.

You

HANK:

I mean, I missed summer training

camp, so the chances of me starting

are minuscule.

JESSE:

Yeah, well, just tell the coach the

situation - your dad lives in Europe,

you really wanted to be there, blah

blah blah. Blame me. My parents

stink, but I'm really serious.

HANK:

But I'm not serious, Dad. I don't

care that much.

JESSE:

Well, you don't have to decide right

now. You know, just think about it.

All I'm saying is that team sports

are important, you know?

They've arrived at the security line.

JESSE (CONT'D)

Here we are. I love this airport,

don't you?

HANK:

It's awesome.

JESSE:

I know, it's cool, right? You excited

about seeing your mom?

HANK:

Yeah, and all my friends.

4.

JESSE:

Yeah, right. What about your boarding

pass, passport...? Okay. You feel

confident about making the connection?

HANK:

Yeah, I've done this before.

JESSE:

Yeah, but not with a tricky connection

like this. Just remember, when you

land, you stay in your seat. Somebody

from the airline's going to come get

you and take you to the gate, right?

HANK:

It's not a problem.

JESSE:

Okay. All right. Oh, boy. Well,

looks like maybe we should just do

this thing, huh? Okay. Come here.

They hug.

JESSE (CONT'D)

I'm gonna do my best to make that

recital, okay?

HANK:

You know, I wouldn't bother.

JESSE:

What makes you say that?

HANK:

Look, I'm not being mean, but it'd

be easier if you didn't come to the

recital.

JESSE:

How come?

HANK:

It'd just be better if you visited

on another weekend.

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Richard Linklater

Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his humanist films which mainly revolve around personal relationships, suburban culture, and the effects of the passage of time. Some notable films of his include the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), and the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). In 2002 he began filming Boyhood (2014), a passion project which took over twelve years to finish. The film was premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim. Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture. more…

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